A Hijacking
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The cargo ship MV Rozen is heading for harbour when it is hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. Amongst the men on board are the ship's cook Mikkel (Pilou Asbæk) and the engineer Jan (Roland Møller), who along with the rest of the seamen are taken hostage in a cynical game of life and death. With the demand for a ransom of millions of dollars a psychological drama unfolds between the CEO of the shipping company (Søren Malling) and the Somali pirates. (c) Magnolia

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's an unshowy, quietly intense drama with grace notes in every scene -- and a hellish punch."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A finely spun tale that eschews sensationalism to focus on the human toll on the captives, their families and their employers back home."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"It aims to not allow you to leave the theater without empathizing with victims of such real-life violence. And that's what makes the film so memorable - and haunting."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"Lindholm's insistence on a lived-in realism paid off."
‑ Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
"Suspense here is not created through pomp and explosions, but through watching a fishing crew caught at gunpoint. Through an incoming fax. Through exponentially growing beads of sweat."
‑ Caitlin Hughes, Film School Rejects
"A high-seas hostage-taking and resulting negotiations are absorbingly dramatized in this low-key Venice standout from Denmark's hottest new writer-director."
‑ Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
"This isn't an action picture; it's a picture about the suspense and terror of inaction."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Captain Phillips revisited. How do you say 'I'm the captain now!' in Danish?"
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"A Hijacking refrains from exploiting or judging the situation, which reminds us that all of the characters think their behavior is justified. Whether any of them is right is left to us to decide."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A tense and intricately shot drama, writer/director Tobias Lindholm's solo debut feature is a powerful and intensely watchable film."
‑ Mark Adams, Screen International
"A nail-biter of a thriller that eschews conventional thrills, Tobias Lindholm's verité-like tale of a Danish cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates is rivetingly low-key."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail
"Gripping and tightly focused."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Besides the subject matter, the parallels between Lindholm's sensitive, slow-moving A Hijacking and Paul Greengrass' relentless Captain Phillips are few and far between."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"A Hijacking achieves considerable power by avoiding the obvious, and staying close to its characters."
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"The film exposes the deep moral callousness of those doing the dealing, and the desperation of the people they break."
‑ Olivia Collette, RogerEbert.com
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